And here you thought a village was a grand purchase -- how about an entire island? In 1979, media mogul Ted Turner bought St. Phillips Island in its entirety, a 4,680-acre piece of land just off the coast of South Carolina. He bought the now $23 million property for his family, which features a 3,800-square-foot main house (with five bedrooms, five baths and a large screened porch) overlooking a gorgeous view of the Atlantic. Accessed only by boat from the mainland, the island has only two structures, including the main house and the caretaker’s house. St. Phillips Island boasts white sandy beaches and total privacy, and once docked, the main house can be accessed via a four-mile ride through natural woods and trails. Because of a conservation easement, the island is completely self-sufficient with solar, backup batteries and its own water tower.
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